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THE  YJ(LX BABtPs ESTATE.                                             259
frequently accompanied in bis rambles by Maul Earn, father of the famous Seth
LakLmi Cha^.i. who also had adopted the life of an ascetic. In the coarse of
the ten vears which the Ltila Babu spent as a worldling in the Matimra- dis-
trict, he contrive! to buy np all the villages most noted as places of pilgrim-
age in a manner which strikingly illustrates his hereditary capacity for busi-
ness. The zamindars were assured that he had no pecuniary object la Yiew,
but only the strict preservation of the hallowed spots, Again3 as in the days
of Krishna, they would become the secluded haunts of the monkey and the
peacock, while the former proprietors would remain undisturbed, the liappy
guardians of so many new Arcadias. Thus the wise man from the East picked
up one estate after another at a price in every case far below the real value,
and in some instances for a purely nominal sum. HoweTer binding his fair
promises may have been on the conscience of the pious Babu? they were never
recorded on paper? and therefore are naturally ignored by Ms absentee descend-
ants and their agents, from •whom any appeal ad misericordiam on the part of
the impoverished representatives of the old owners of the soil meets with very
scant consideration. The villages which he acquired in the Mathora district
are fifteen in number, viz., ia the Kosi Pargana3 Jam ; ia Chlmta, Nandganw,
Barsaaa^ Sanfcet, Karhela, Garhi? and Hathiya ; and in the home pargana^
Mathura, Jait. Maholi, and ZSTabi-pur ; all these, except the lasfc? being more
or less places of pilgrimage* To these must ba added the four Giijar villages of
P|rpnr3 Gulalpor, Oiiamar-garhi, and Dhimri. For ^andgaaw he gave Rs. 900 ;
for Barsana? Rs. 600 ; for Sanket, Bs. 800 ; and for Karhela, Bs. 500 ; the annual
revenue derived from these places being now as follows : from Nandganw,
Bs. 6,712 ; from BarsaaaSs. 3,109 ; from Banket, Bs.1,642 ; and from Karhela,
He. 1,900, It may also be noted that payment was invariably made in Brinda-
bsai rupees^ which are -worth only thirteen or fourteen anas each. The Babu
farther purchased seventy-two villages in Aligarh and Bulandshahr from
Baja Bir Sinh, Chanhan ; but twelve of these were sold at auction in tbe time
of Ms heir, Babn Sri I^arayan Sink IMs latter, being a znin6r at his father's
deatlij remained for a time under the tutelage of his mother^ the Rani Kakhani,
who again,, on his decease^ when only thirty years old, managed the estate till
the coming of age of the two sons whom his widows had been specially aalho-
rized to adopt. The elder of the two, Pratap Chandra, founded an English
school at Kandi and a dispensary at Calcutta. He was for some time a Mem-
ber of the Legislate Council of Bengal^ receiTed From G-ovemment the title
of Bahadur^ and was enrolled as a Companion of the Star of India. He died
in 1867^ leaYing four sons, Glris-ciaiidra (since decease!)*